Education minister gives update on non-auxiliary fee policy
Education Minister, Senator Ruel Reid, says the Government has honoured its financial commitments to secondary schools under the non-mandatory fees policy and the institutions have complied with the measure.
The policy, which abolished the payment of auxiliary fees, came into effect last September for the 2016-17 academic year.
It discontinued the payment of mandatory fees by parents and instead accommodated voluntary contributions.
The budgetary support to schools for operational costs was increased from $2.6 billion to $5.3 billion, with the allocation per student moving from $11,000 to $19,000.
Senator Reid said the funds were disbursed to the schools on time to allow for them to operate in an orderly manner.
Payments were made in June, September and November, the latter of which was a month ahead of schedule.
The final payout is scheduled for April.
Meanwhile, the Education Minister disclosed funding for the next school year will be delivered in June.